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Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Answers to Reporters regarding Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's Meeting with FCO Permanent Under-Secretary MacDonald

Reporter: According to British media, FCO Permanent Under-Secretary Simon MacDonald summoned Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, expressing dissatisfaction with Ambassador Liu’s statements at the Embassy’s press conference. What happened during the meeting?

Spokesperson: Ambassador Liu met with FCO Permanent Under-Secretary MacDonald on July 3 by a previous appointment. The press conference was not mentioned in their meeting. When talking about the Hong Kong issue, Ambassador Liu pointed out that recently, some senior British officials repeatedly made inappropriate remarks not only to interfere in the internal affairs of Hong Kong, but also to back up the violent law breakers after the violent attack against the Legislative Council complex of Hong Kong Special Administration. They attempt to interfere in Hong Kong’s rule of law and obstruct Hong Kong SAR government from bringing the criminals to justice. We strongly condemn and oppose to such gross interference in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs by the British side. The China side has repeatedly lodged stern representations with the British side.

Ambassador Liu reiterated that Hong Kong is China’s Special Administrative Region. It is not what it used to be under the British colonial rule. Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs which brook no interference from any country, organization or individual. We urge the British side to seriously reflect on the consequences of its words and deeds, immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in whatever forms, stop interfering with the rule of law in Hong Kong, and stop obstructing the Hong Kong SAR Government from punishing violent offenders in accordance with the law.

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